Arts

Arts and culture from around the Tri-State, including theater, music and poetry.

The Impact Of COVID-19 On Playhouse In The Park

Apr 24, 2020
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Theatre contributor Rick Pender finds out how Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park is doing during this pandemic. In a conversation with Artistic Director Blake Robison, he learns about changes in the upcoming season and the progress on their building renovation.

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National Poetry Month: Local physician and poet Brian Volck reads his poem Why Dogs are Better Than People from his collection Fresh Becomes Word.

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This week the arts community is spreading hope while encouraging social distancing. Art on the Streets, with support from ArtsWave, is launching a community-wide series of art projects with the message #StayHomeSaveLives.

National Poetry Month: A Roundtable With Local Poets

Apr 17, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Barbara Gray leads a roundtable conversation with three local poets who discuss how their diverse backgrounds provide inspiration and read some of their poems. Joining Barbara are Tyrone Williams, published poet, Professor of English at XU; Valerie Chronis Bickett, published poet, teacher of writing classes; and Luz Villeda, published poet.

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Each year, the International Thespian Society (a part of the Educational Theatre Association (EdTA), based here in Cincinnati), hosts a festival for high-school actors, directors, and teachers at Indiana University in Bloomington. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this year will be a virtual conference as Rick Pender learns in this conversation with EdTA Executive Director Julie Cohen Theobald.

National Poetry Month: Robert Murphy

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: a conversation and reading with poet and publisher of Dos Madre Press, Robert Murphy, about his new book, Among the Enigmas, with our Barbara Gray.

National Poetry Month: Roberta Schultz

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: our contributor and poet Roberta Schultz recites Forbidden Fruit from her chapbook, Songs from the Shaper’s Harp.

National Poetry Month: Susan Glassmeyer

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Ohio’s 2018 Poet of the Year Susan Glassmeyer joins Barbara Gray for a conversation about her work as a therapist and her collection, Invisible Fish.

National Poetry Month: Linwood Rumney

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Our literary contributor Kelly Blewett speaks with Linwood Rumney about his life and his collection entitled Abandoned Earth.

National Poetry Month: Richard Hague

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet Dick Hague reads The Beast of Beer from his book Beasts, River, Drunk Men, Garden, Burst and Light: Sequences and Long Poems.

National Poetry Month: Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Acclaimed Paul Laurence Dunbar scholar and University of Dayton professor emeritus Dr. Herbert Woodward Martin joins our Barbara Gray to talk about Dunbar’s writings and recites a couple of his poems.

National Poetry Month: Jinny Powers Berten

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Local poet and president of Fountain Square Publishing, Jinny Powers Berten, joins us to read her poem, That Dog from her book, We Dance.

National Poetry Month: Manuel Iris

Apr 10, 2020
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Celebrating National Poetry Month: Roberta Schultz welcomes 2018 Cincinnati Poet Laureate Manuel Iris to the studio for some readings of his poetry in addition to her review of his work.

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The University of Cincinnati's College-Conservatory of Music pioneered the idea of creating a showcase of graduating musical theatre seniors to get them in front of key industry agents and casting directors in New York City. It became a model for programs across the country, but this year coronavirus canceled the revival.

A Conversation With Pianist & Author Stephen Hough

Apr 3, 2020
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Stephen Hough is a talented pianist and accomplished author who has recent releases of a Brahms CD and a collection of essays on music and life. His April appearance in Cincinnati has been cancelled, but he joins Elaine Diehl by phone to talk about his new CD (Brahms: The Final Piano Pieces) and book (Rough Ideas: Reflections on Music and More).

A Commentary From Tim Perrino

Apr 3, 2020
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Tim Perrino, Executive Artistic Director of Cincinnati Landmark Productions, shares his Message of Hope commentary.

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Last Friday, Emily Landon, chief infectious disease epidemiologist at University of Chicago Medicine garnered headlines for a comment she made about those who are self-isolating during the coronavirus outbreak.

WVXU is bringing you an old-school radio comedy play on Wednesday at 8 p.m., live on 91.7 FM.

COVID-19 Doesn't Scratch This DJ's Party To A Halt

Mar 20, 2020
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A Cincinnati DJ is keeping the party going despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A two-character play featuring two historical figures who had a tempestuous friendship is coming to the stage of Newport's Falcon Theatre starting Friday, March 20. The Agitators by Mat Smart tells the tale of the relationship between Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass, and the actor portraying Douglass, Elliott Young, previews this production in a conversation with Jim Stump.

From commissioned art pieces to beautiful wares for the home, Gorham Silver was the name for the finest silver and mixed-metal products for decades. The unique work of Gorham Silver will be on display at the Cincinnati Art Museum starting March 13 and joining our host Lee Hay for a preview is Amy Dehan, the museum's curator of decorative arts and design.

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The Last Five Years is an intimate musical, written by Jason Robert Brown, that tells the love story of two New Yorkers in a most unusual way. It's the next production on stage at the Warsaw Federal Incline Theatre, and joining Elaine Diehl in our Corbett Studio for a preview and performance are the director, Tim Perrino; actors Lauren Magness and Elliott Handkins; and the musical director, Michael Kennedy, who accompanies Lauren and Elliott on the song, "The Next 10 Minutes."

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Cincinnati Edition takes a look at Poetry Out Loud, a national poetry competition where high school students compete by reciting poetry that showcases their public performance, memorization and recitation skills.

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Downtown's Lloyd Library is one of the true hidden gems of Cincinnati, with a world-class collection of books on the sciences and ecology. Their next exhibit, honoring Women's History Month, is Women and Nature in the Arts, Sciences, and Letters, kicks off with an opening reception on March 6. With more on the mission of Lloyd Library and this exhibit, Executive Director Patricia Van Skaik is in the studio with our Barbara Gray.

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Destiny of Desire, the next play on the stage at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, is described as an homage to Latin American soap operas, written by Karen Zacarías, whose play Native Gardens was a hit at the Playhouse recently. Theatre contributor Jim Stump is joined by the play's director, José Luis Valenzuela, who's the Artistic Director at Latino Theater Co. at The Los Angeles Theatre Center, and the assistant director, Jean Carlo Yunén A.

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**On March 12, Ensemble Theatre announced a temporary suspension of performances due to the coronavirus outbreak. They are working to determine rescheduling opportuniites, so contact them directly with questions about tickets.**

The works of Dominique Morisseau have found a home at Cincinnati's Ensemble Theatre with successful runs of Detroit 67 and Skeleton Crew the last few years. Opening March 7 is a production of her play Pipeline, and our contributor Rick Pender speaks with the show's director, Ron OJ Parson.

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Robert Barry Fleming is a Kentucky native and theatre professional (he recently directed "Once on this Island" at Playhouse in the Park) who now serves as the executive artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville, presenter of the acclaimed Humana Festival of New American Plays. Theatre contributor Rick Pender is a regular attendee of the festival and talks with Mr. Fleming about his new role and the plays that will be featured this year.

New Poetry From Marcus Whalbring

Feb 21, 2020
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How to Draw Fire is a new book of poetry from Brookville, Indiana resident and Miami University alum Marcus Whalbring. He joins Barbara Gray in the studio to talk about his writing and to recite one of the poems from the book.

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OTR's Know Theatre is ready to open Audrey Cefaly's Alabaster as part of the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere project. Andrew Hungerford, Know Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, and Lisa Sanaye Dring, the play's director and Associate Artistic Director of LA’s Circle X Theatre Company, join our host Lee Hay for a preview of this production, opening February 28.

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As part of African American History Month, the Cincinnati Art Museum is featuring an exhibit by famed artist Romare Bearden. During it's opening weekend (February 28-March 1), admission to Something Over Something Else will be free. 

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